Free Webinar: Essential Skills for Job Seekers

Date/Time: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12pm – 1pm PST

Hosted by: BC Centre for Employment Excellence

Essential Skills (ES) are used in nearly every job and throughout daily life in different ways and at varying levels of complexity. As stated by Employment and Social Development Canada, they provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to better prepare for, get and keep a job, and adapt and succeed at work.

This webinar will cover the nine Essential Skills, ES assessment of the unemployed, what we have learned from ES research, client success stories, and more. Join experts from Skillplan and The Training Group at Douglas College for this informative presentation.

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Working nationally and provincially, Sue Grecki has over 20 years of experience in Essential Skills instruction, profiling and benchmarking, developing work-related learning materials and skills assessments, designing courses that address specific skill needs of workers, and mentoring instructors on integrating Essential Skills into training. Sue is currently the Manager of Training and Development with SkillPlan where she focuses on developing strategies to improve the Essential Skills of people working in the construction, mining and other industries.

Valerie Lockyer is Executive Director with the Training Group at Douglas College. She has over 20 years of experience in the design, development and management of programs in the non-profit, public and post-secondary sectors. She has been with Douglas College since 2000 and has held a variety of roles within Self Employment, Industry Training, Employment Services and Essential Skills.

Valerie is a certified Essential Skills Profile Analyst and has worked on several national and provincial research projects which have demonstrated the impact of Essential Skills in the workplace and with unemployed. Current projects include Education Reboot with youth at risk (particularly those who have not completed high school) and testing whether Social finance (a Social Impact Bond type instrument) can be used in this sector.

Mythra Lagueux joined Douglas College in 2010 as a teacher and coordinator after spending a combined 10 years at Kaplan at the Art Institute. She has experience coordinating various programs for a wide spectrum of clients including newcomers, new graduates and multi-barriered learners. She now spends her time coordinating and innovating essential skills programming and is known for adding a creative flair to program ideas.

In late 2014 she and another colleague developed and began delivering Workplace Essentials, which has steadily grown since inception. When not at her desk, Mythra spends time meeting with clients, chatting with case managers and creating new program ideas. Mythra holds a Bachelor’s degree from UBC, a teaching license and an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of London.

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